My morning on March 10th started at about 8:30 as I began to ready myself, my boyfriend, my brother and his girlfriend. We would be picking my mom up along the way. It was a chilly morning with some snow dusting, none of us were happy about the 5k Shamrock Shuffle we were about to run. As we make our way from Claremont to Lebanon everyone in the car is talking about their strategies or goals for time. I’m not much of a runner whatsoever so my goal is just to finish!
The one-mile fun run started at 11, which is about the time we arrived. For one more hour we were able to take advantage of the warm and spacious Lebanon Opera House. For one more hour, I had time to center myself and prepare for my first road race of the year.
At 11:45am, all the people warming up around the green, all the people stretching indoors, anyone running in the race was gathering outside the Opera House and listen to Paul Coates giving instructions. The gun goes off at 12pm and the herd of people starts off slowly. We make our way around the Lebanon Green and over to a side street. The church that was burned down about a year ago is still a pit, the neighborhood’s inhabitants are out on the street cheering everyone on. Runners and spectators are decked out in green, or shamrocks, or tutus, anything festive for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. The course passes the old Lebanon Middle School, which has been remodeled and made into condominiums and a recreation area for anyone that is special needs. The race continues to weave through narrow neighborhoods and all the spectators are cheering, despite the cold. Now the course has moved along the river bed, where you can hear and the see the water flowing as you’re heading to the water treatment plant to get water for yourself. The water station is about 1.8 miles into the course, you’re more than halfway at that point, and the course doubles back to end back at the Lebanon Green.
I finished in about 47 minutes. Definitely not a record breaker, but I wasn’t last and I felt good about my race time, especially since I didn’t do any kind of training to get there. The next race in the series is a 10k in May. Better start training now!
For the rest of the running series, look here.